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"The World as Guest in Seligenstadt"
Not only World Cup referees impressed by the exhibition "Blind Date"

Blind Date Seligenstadt: visitors in the prelacy

In the city of Seligenstadt in Hessen, the six week-long exhibition Blind Date set up unusual encounters among works from the Deutsche Bank Collection. For the first time in the history of the corporate collection, the most recent acquisitions were presented publicly, juxtaposed with highlights from the collection in sets of uncommon pairs. The city’s former Benedictine Cloister provided a spectacular backdrop for the show. But it wasn’t only international art stars like Jeff Koons or Takashi Murakami that had their "Blind Date" at the prelate of the historical ensemble in the early summer.

Entries into the guestbook

Even FIFA discovered the special charm of this unique environment. In the weeks prior to the Soccer World Championship, FIFA invited the international elite of referees to a reception and dinner in the freshly renovated abbey. The soccer referees, judges, and their assistants arrived in three busses. The visitors from 20 countries enjoyed their evening undisturbed, as the exclusive event was reserved to invited guests. Accompanied by an expert guide, they strolled through the idyllic cloister garden, the summer refectory, and the freshly renovated rooms of the abbey in the evening light.

Contemporary art meets baroque painting in one of the prelacy's splendid rooms

Here, the soccer dignitaries were able to forget the stress of the days leading up to the World Cup and immerse themselves in Blind Date’s contemporary art. In the rooms of the prelate, over 160 guests experienced the highlights and recent acquisitions of the Deutsche Bank Collection together with baroque paintings and trompe l’oeil ceiling works. The referees also enjoyed signing the guest book under the slogan "The World as Guest in Seligenstadt." The Dutch referee Mario van der Ende expressed his thanks with the following words: "Een perfekte rustplaats in hectische weken – a perfect place to rest in these hectic weeks." Many other visitors had already filled the book with small drawings and commentaries like "a great experience" or "unique, singular, and spectacular!"

Entries into the guestbook

Some guests discovered common denominators among the epochs in the show: "‘Art at the Workplace’ – in those days that of the monks at the center of culture – nowadays, the bankers in the financial center: a Blind Date between centuries." What particularly impressed the public was the experiment of showing current positions before the baroque backdrop of the Benedictine cloister: "showing the acquisitions of the ‘new dukes’ in the rooms of the ‘old dukes’ – the old and new designs – a fantastic combination." And even the youngest visitors to the show, such as seven year-old Carl, were impressed by the show in the cloister, who immortalized himself with "I found the whol think really great."

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